|2001 - 2003
The story of three girls who formed a group
called "The Saddle Club" where they shared their
adventures and experiences about riding the
horses they loved at Pine Hollow Stables in
Members of The Saddle Club included:
- Sophie Bennett as Stephanie 'Stevie' Lake, the tomboy
of the group. She has three brothers: Michael, a pesky 9-year old;
Alex, her 12-year-old, her twin (born first by six and one half
minutes); and Chad, her 14- year old brother who likes to play
practical jokes. Their parents, George and Catherine are lawyers.
They have a contract with Stevie. They pay for one riding lesson a
week, but Stevie must work in the barn to earn additional riding
lessons. Stevie rides a black stallion named Belle
(originally called Blackie). She found the mare in the wilderness
and nursed it back to health.
- Keenan Macwilliam as Carole Hanson, an African American
girl who rides a buckskin gelding named Starlight. Her
mother, who died of cancer and left her the money to take riding
lessons. Carole's father is a US marine officer.
- Lara Jean Marshall as Lisa Atwood, a petite "A"
student and fashion conscious gal. She's as perfectionist who
takes ballet, piano, art and tennis classes. At the stables, she
rides a pony named Patch, but eventually gets Prancer, a chestnut
thoroughbred mare. Lisa also has a sister named Melanie.
The nemesis of The Saddle Club is Veronica Di Angelo
(Heli Simpson), a fellow rider at the stables who is always
interfering or endangering the girls with her antics, like cheating
to win a race or vying for the affections of a boy the other girls
Veronica is the spoiled only child of wealthy parents and
is used to getting anything she wants, except, that is, for
Phil Marsten whom she just can't convince to be her boyfriend. He is sweet on Stevie and that
just burns Veronica's britches.
As for horses, Veronica has no real love for them, but she likes
to flaunt the fact that her stallion, Cobalt is an expensive
Other people involved with the Saddle Club included:
- Kia Luby as Kristi Cavanaugh, a rich girl who rides at
the stables. She is Veronica's ally. Kristi tolerates the Saddle
Club girl but has no intentions of bonding with them. After all
they/re poor. What Kristi does like is to flirt with all the cute
- Jessie Jacobs as Melanie Atwood, Lisa's equally
talented sibling. She's OK as sisters go, but she sure gets
in the way sometimes. (In the third series, Melanie records
events at Pine Hollow with her video camera and publishes a
newsletter with the help of her new friend Jess, that reveals
gossip about the older girls in the riding school).
- Janelle Corlass-Brown as Ashley, one of the youngest
riders at Pine Hollow, Ashley's not much for cracking the books
and doing homework, but she does like to dance and sing. Her best
friend is Melanie, the other youngest members of the riding club.
Together, they get in to all sorts of mischievous.
- Kaiya Jones as Jess Cooper, a local high school student
and newcomer to Pine Hollow. She living with her grandfather in
Willow Creek while her parents travel in a rodeo show. Jess is
Melanie's new friend..
- Matylda Buczko as Dorotheé
Doutey a former Junior European Eventing Champion whose life took
a turn for the worst after a fall from a horse that broke her hip.
The incident made her withdrawn and solitary. To improve her
sprits, her parents sent her to Pine Hollow where her own horse,
Hugo was sent ahead to keep her company.
- Aisha Dee as Desiree "Desi" Biggins, the daughter of
real estate magnate Barry Biggins. Desi walks the line when it
comes to showing her loyalties, being a friend to both Veronica
and the Saddle Club girls. Desiree is very fond of newcomer Simon
Atherton, whom Veronica dislikes.
- Catherine Wilkin as Mrs. Elizabeth Regnery (a.k.a.
"Mrs. Reg"). She is Max's mother and the manager of the Pine
Hollow Stables. Elizabeth inherited the riding school when
her husband died. Her alleged abilities to communicate with horses
makes her the fodder for criticism but that doesn't stop her from
offering psychological advice to the horses as well to the other
visitors to the stables. In her earlier career she was a top notch
horse rider, but she put aside her ambitions in that area to
support her son, Max who was an up and coming horseman until he
took a tumble from a horse while a member of the National
Equestrian Team and had to retire. Now Elizabeth is proud to share
Pine Hollow with Max. Together, the make a great team..
- Cathy Godbold as Deborah Hale, a newspaper journalist who came to
the stables to write a story about a film being made at the stable.
She caught Max's eye and he soon considered putting his
bachelor life behind him > They eventually married. Despite her wedded bliss Deborah is still getting used
to leaving the big city behind and living in the country with a
bunch of horses.
- Marie-Louise Walker as Eleanor Atwood, Lisa's
social-climbing mother who want the very best for her child.
- Melanie Ryder as Helen Di Angelo, Veronica's mother
- Glenn Meldrum as Phil Marsten, is a member of the Cross
County Pony Club, the rival to Pine Hollow's Horse Wise group. The
fact that Phil likes Stevie doesn't chill his competitive spirit
when it comes to outdoing her in riding events. He later befriends
Murray and now the both of them compete against each other and
- Brett Tucker as Max Regnery. a former member of the
National Equestrian team. He runs Pines Hollow Stables and cares
deeply about each and everyone of his students. (Max leaves Pine
Hollow in the second series, but reappears in the third)
- Nikolai Nikolaeff as Drew Regnery . Max's cousin who
took over running Pine Hollow when Max took a job in at a breeding
barn in France. Drew's entrepreneur sensibilities clashed with the
traditions of the horse farm, but he felt he could make the stable
bigger and better than when it was run by his cousin Max. One
way to achieve his goals was an alliance with the father of the
Saddle Club's enemy Mr. Frank Di Angelo.,
- Alex Marriott as Brian 'Scooter' Mucahy, a computer
geek with a good sense of humor, who advocates the world of
possibilities that can be had by using Artificial Intelligence
technology. Alex was hired by Pine Hollow to a computer
system and to do odd jobs when required.
- Connor Jessup as Simon, another computer geek who'd
rather play computer games that socialize. His parents decided he
needed to see more people so he ended up joining the Pine Hollow
Riding School. A good natured fellow, Simon became fast friends of
the girls in the Saddle Club and others at the school like
Desiree. His parents Roy and Gaye are research scientists. (Simon
replaced Alex as the computer guy in the third series.)
- Rory Donegan as Murray Richards, a best friend of Phil
Marsten. Murray loves horses and likes to play pranks.
- Troy Lovett as Jack O'Neil, a cool country boy who is
wonderful with horses. He gets along with everybody except (let me
guess) Veronica? You got it..
- Nathan Phillips as Red O'Malley, the lead
stable hand at Pine Hollow. He has a wonderful rapport with the
horses. Veronica just hates him but her friend Kristi is gaga
over the handsome 17-year-old.
- Christopher Kirby as Col. Mitch Hanson, Carole's
- Anthony Hawkins as Frank Di Angelo, Veronica's father
TRIVIA NOTE: Produced for Australia's
ABC network, the
children's series is based on the "The Saddle
Club" book series written by Bonnie Bryant who
originally based her characters in the state of Virginia.
When the series went into its third season, the
original lead characters were recast with other
younger actors. See also "The Saddle Club" fan
site link below for facts about all three
series, including all the horses on the show.
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